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Southland Boys upset Otago Boys as Hakas set the scene for stunning individual try

I suppose now it's almost become an insult not to do... iirc, the AB's only used to do the Haka every now an again, almost perhaps to the teams they really wanted (or needed) to impose themselves on... but I guess if they don't do it to your team these days, it's perhaps deemed disrespectful as it could be seen as a sign they don't take your team seriously....

PC gone mad I guess..

4 Weeks, 8 Hours ago

England beat Wales in tour warmup match at Twickenham

It's very strange to see the words "England of old" and them not being used in reference to the 2003 team....

I suppose we should now refer to them as "Ancient England".....

Ancient England - 2003 era
England of Old - 2003 - 2015(?)

4 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

England beat Wales in tour warmup match at Twickenham

There is a big difference, however what I'm suggesting is that if Biggar realises that he can try something with Mitrea and have an influence then credit to him for discovering a crack in the game.

"Nigel Owens would not have taken it so well"... I agree, however I don't actually think he'd try it against Owens (I may be wrong), but a clever player would recognise that you get no quarter with NO, especially if you start moaning at him.

As I said, I definitely don't like seeing it but when you have a predictable sport in the form of 3 props in the front row, boiler house, back rows built like second rows, a 9 built like a big oldschool back row, a 10 that can kick a penalty from halfway and 11-15 all built like second row/back row players, it's not surprising that players try to gain the extra edge wherever they can... (Not my description of the Welsh team, just more my description of the textbook team these days)...

4 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

Giant Bok teammates Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager come to blows

Looks like Eben dropped an elbow on him as they went down. Glad nothing came of it.... Although Details Jager ko'ing EE could have been cool to see...

4 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

England beat Wales in tour warmup match at Twickenham

England player on the far left on the picture at the top looks like someone left a skid mark on his jersey....

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England beat Wales in tour warmup match at Twickenham

Which to be fair in this day and age is good work from Biggar. I don't think the world should support or reward his behaviour regarding that sort of thing, however if he spots a weakness in either the opposition or referee, it's sort of his duty to play to it....

Look at how well NZ do at things like the breakdowns, if the referees don't ping them for certain things, they continue to do it, if they do ping them, they adapt and don't do it...

It's a good skill, even if Biggars example of it is one that should be discouraged and that I despise....

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Rugby Training Mistakes: Specificity - Not Training For Your Position

It's actually quite an interesting point 1010. I too have made a transformation in size, of course I'm no pro athlete.... in fact, to call me an amateur athlete is probably an insult too.. but I've packed on size in the form of muscle and indeed fat (I'm bulking honest).... and I can say that recently I've found I've allowed myself to somewhat accept that with size comes 'lumbering' when indeed I am still as nimble as I was before, it just requires more thought... ('why go around when you can attempt to go through?')... however the reality is, if you're naturally fairly nimble - Marler for instance, that is something you should really try and grasp tightly and never let go because it's a formidable attribute.

'Bulk' is something that I feel is focussed on far too much... It's useful but as with one of your previous posts, so is nimbleness and the ability to flick a cheeky offload etc etc.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England beat Wales in tour warmup match at Twickenham

I hope Wales do well down under. I'm not a fan of them, nor an enemy of NZ, but it's just always a bit more fun when a team does well (even if they lose) rather than it just being a predetermined tour.

Will Halfpenny feature any time soon?

I find it interesting that there appear to be a few stalwarts in both teams (Eng and Wales) that don't tend to feature all that much due to injuries. Actually same can be said for Ire (probably all teams)... I think of players like Warburton, Tuilagi, Sean O'Brien and indeed poor 1/2p and with the exception of 1/2p for the most part all that pops into my head is "oh yeh, those injured guys right?"....

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Lima Sopoaga's sensational reverse kick that almost led to a try

I'd have torn a hamstring, hit myself in the face with the ball and no doubt give a try to the opposition in the process.....

...But I'm still game for giving this a go..

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Southland Boys upset Otago Boys as Hakas set the scene for stunning individual try

Aren't traditions normally considered 'old school', therefore, by being an 'old school rugby player' he'd perhaps be aware of traditions?

Unless this is a new tradition, in which as an old school rugby player, he'd have just as much right to criticise it as NOTHING is as good as it was 'back in my day'...

1 Month, 2 Days ago